THE Europeans have long pushed the merits of 28 year old Irishman Shane Lowry and he finally lived up to expectations with a two stroke win over a top field at the 2015 World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational.
Lowry might have had a little luck from a branch of a tree or two – particularly to birdie the final hole – but there was no denying the raw talent on display.
He ended up with a flawless final round 4 under 66 at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, to beat two-time Major winner Bubba Watson (66) at 9-under.
Lowry first came to prominence when he won the Irish Open as a 16 year old amateur.
“I know everyone back home [in County Clara], the place I grew up, and there’s a party going,” Lowry said. “Everyone’s going to be at home, and my fiancée Wendy and my parents and Granny and everyone as well. It’s just great for me, great for my family to have their support.”
Lowry now has a three-year US PGA Tour exemption and the opportunity to play full-time on either side of the Atlantic. The win was his second as a professional, stretching back to the 2012 Portugal Masters.
“I can’t believe it,” Lowry said. “I’ve been playing good most of the year, and things just haven’t been going my way. I’ve missed a couple of cuts by a shot. And I was getting very down on myself. I played as good a golf as I’ve ever played the last four days. Managed to hole a few putts and get a bit of luck, which is nice.”
Bowditch and Day lead Aussies
Steven Bowditch (72) and Jason Day (69) were the best of the Aussies with the former’s third round 7-under 63 a standout.
Adam Scott didn’t have the best of tournaments, finishing at 5 –over tied for 45th.
The world’s top golfers now head for Whistling Straits and the year’s final major, the PGA Championship, where Rory McIlroy is now a likely starter.
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